Happy Anniversary

Anniversary Day of Fun and Friends !

 

 

A beautiful day in Virginia and we decided to go for a drive along Rockfish Road into Nelson County and visit the breweries there.

This place has hard cider.  And it was Great !

     

 

We walked into the Devils Backbone and was immediately surrounded by the outdoors atmosphere. Animals, Wooden beams, huge bar and the best bartender !!

We met new friends from Chesapeake. Tossed back some shots. Had a blast.

   

 


 

Then we buzzed on to the next place.

Definitely in need of food.

 

 

                                    

What a fun day. We’ll do it again soon.

 

 

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From Samanthya

All I ever wanted was to see my book sitting on a shelf in the book store. As a beginner, I had so much to learn. First I had to make my MS the best it could be. Once I joined RWA, I took workshops and gained a wealth of information. I grew as a writer. When I finally finished my first historical romance, I was thrilled to send it off with the hope, like everyone else, I wanted to be published. I entered contests. In 2013 I was a finalist in The Golden Rose Contest and “The Right One”, the first in my trilogy, went on to be awarded Second Place. I signed my first contract with Soul Mate Publishing. Since then I’ve had six books published in historical and contemporary romance.

I love creating new characters and bringing them together in a romantic tale. My characters have depth, emotional investments, life-threatening challenges. The power of a story is in the character’s true emotions. The reader wants to be in the moment. Feel what the characters feel – emotionally. I try to give this to my readers. A writer draws the reader in, portraying personal emotions or characters’ feelings about an experience or situation. Although all my characters are fictitious, I have taken real life experiences to achieve the emotion for my heroes and heroines.

 I write because I enjoy it. Even if I have to read, re-read, edit, and read again. It’s worth it. I am so proud I never stopped. Never gave up. There are days when I might pull my hair out, or find other things to do as an excuse to procrastinate. But I keep plugging along.  

See how it all started with Book 1 in the One and Only Series

The Right One   –    Book 1 – Morgan’s Story

He abducts the wrong woman . . . she proves she is the right one.

 

Find out what happened to Kat’s brother in the thrilling sequel

The True One   –   Book 2 – Stephen’s story

Will the passion they share be enough? He must choose—her or revenge.

 

 

 

If you liked the introduction of the duke in the first book, now read Giles story.

The Only One   –   Book 3 –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Countdown to 2017

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The Write Way Cafe’

Welcome to The Write Way Café!

Tuesday Special:  “Through the Eyes of Bea   by Samanthya Wyatt

Samanthya WyattLet me tell you it’s hot in Virginia. So you’d think we’d have enough sense not to travel to Florida in June. But our teenagers graduated this year and we took then to Florida for a graduation present. Spending four days at Universal Studios nearly did me in.

I returned home to Virginia just in time to put the final touches on my newest release. I’m very proud of my latest book, Through the Eyes of Bea.

As an author of sizzling romance, Bea’s story was far different from anything I’ve done. I became enmeshed in life events regaled to me upon several occasions and decided I needed to write this heart-wrenching saga.

Life is an interesting journey. We never know what’s in store for any of us. As a child, Bea had no idea her life would take such a drastic turn, yet with struggle and sacrifice, she overcame the challenges she faced. Abandoned by her mother, she had to take on the added responsibility of raising her siblings. Then her father brought a woman into their home making Bea and her siblings’ daily existence one of survival. The more I spoke with Bea, the more entangled I became in her story.

“Through the Eyes of Bea” contains memories of incidents during a time when certain happenings were hushed, not talked about, never mentioned. Not like today when anything goes and everything is accepted. Happy times and sad times, I was deeply touched, and wanted to share this emotional experience.

How did I become an author? Having a full time job and taking care of a family, my outlet was reading a good romance. Once I found historical romance novels, I couldn’t put a book down. I fell in love with the characters and needed to know their happy ending. Then I decided to pursue a writing career of my own.

coffee great dayMy morning usually begins with a cup of coffee and hitting the computer. I signed my first contract with Soul Mate Publishing. Since then I’ve had six books published in historical and contemporary.

In the first book of my historical romance One and Only series, The Right One, Katherine’s brother is missing. Book two, The True One, is Stephen’s story—why he was gone for two years, what happened to him, and a love story all his own. Book three, The Only One features a duke.  Giles was introduced in the first book as Morgan’s best friend. In the second book, he is asked to rescue Kat’s brother, Stephen.

All of my books have a beginning and a romantically satisfying end for my characters. Nothing is left hanging. My first contemporary romance book was Something More. Infatuation and excitement spark a journey of passion and forbidden emotion where Matthew and Carrie must overcome their earlier convictions to find an everlasting love. In A Hero Grinch for Christmas, Dani will not allow Hunter, The Grinch, to hide from Christmas.

I’m very excited about my latest book, Through the Eyes of Bea. Bea’s story is for all book lovers and a good read for any time of the day. I’m so proud of this book, and so pleased to be able to present it to Bea on her birthday.

I get a lot of joy from creating new characters and bringing them together in a romantic tale with a bit of humor and active scenes. I sincerely hope all my readers receive as much joy reading my books as I do writing them.

Based on a True Story      

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How could a mother distribute her children across the county and then just walk away?

That was the question burning in Bea’s mind. All she could do was watch as her mother shattered her family and then just left. Bea may have been the oldest, but at thirteen, she was still a child. And now it was up to her to take care of her five siblings.

Through struggle and sacrifice, Bea embraced her unchosen responsibility. When her father brought in a cruel, selfish woman who didn’t like children, Bea’s undertaking became one of survival.

Bea’s story begins in 1925, during a time when things were hushed, private, hidden. Heart-wrenching memories of the incidents that happened in her home, and how she and her siblings prevailed. An accounting of grief, sorrow, strength, endurance and love in an era when America was struggling.

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Romance Reviews and Bea

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I’ve read stories from another author on the lives of her family through the centuries. Now Samanthya writes one about the life of her friend and all the turmoil she went through. It left me sighing of how harsh peoples lives were back then with the turmoil and conflict of their lives. It also amazed me how some of those people can move on and become productive and be the total opposite of how they were raised. It brought tears to my eyes as I read this amazing story,but in the end I smiled. It was a great story. Makes you take a step back and think!!
What an amazing look at the life of Bea, beginning from her birth and continuing into her older years. Throughout my reading, I felt as if I were walking alongside of an old family friend and hearing the firsthand account of her years. Samanthya has broken the mold with this one. LOVE IT!
I was given an ARC copy from the author for my honest review.
One woman’s decision and the outcome of her actions had devastating results for her children . A heart wrenching story of life in 1925, a young girls family torn apart by her mothers selfish decision and how these children were scattered to relatives. For Bea and her siblings life would teach them a cruel lesson very early. This is one emotional story of strength ,tragedy , perseverance and love at a time when things were kept hidden .
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Congratulations to Winners !!

What a GREAT Party on September 1st !

Congratulations to all the winners and the winners of my books!!!

Debra Rolfson – The Right One   –   I had so much fun and enjoyed your comments. I’ve never seen anyone so excited to get an ebook from me.

Patricia Way – Something More  –  Loved your comments. And I noticed you participated on all of my posts and you mentioned how much you like contemporary. I’m thrilled to give you a signed copy.

Barbi Davis – Something More  –  You seemed to have a blast right along with the rest of us. I enjoyed your comments and was thrilled when I offered you a book of your choice, you chose mine.

Sarah Fisher – Somehting More  –  What a fantastic supporter. You interact with my facebook page all the time, and we’ve shown some pretty riske’ pictures. LOL

Happy Reading ladies !  You’re books are on the way !

And don’t forget – The Only One – October 14

 

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Can you relate?

Reading a post on SMP, I found some Fabulous advice from CD Hersh. So I’ve taken the ‘guide-tips’ and made a few comments.

Don’t hold yourself to a rigid concept 

I’ve changed my mind so many times within the process, my head should be spinning.

Let the characters take over

Allowing the characters to take over is how book 2 and 3 came to be in my historical series.

Don’t be afraid to delete

OMG How many words, or chapters have I deleted. Once I finally finished my first historical, my 130,000 word MS was cut down to 85,000 words. I thought I was cutting out my heart. But it made a better story.

Don’t force the structure or the plot of the story

A critique partner read two chapters of one of my  ‘WIP’.  She showed me the possibilities of brain storming, and the book could have gone in so many directions. I finally chose one path and published my latest book, “A Hero Grinch for Christmas”.

If all else fails, put the book aside and work on something else.

Boy can I relate to this. I needed a break from edits and decided to write just to be writing and wrote a chapter in modern day involving two girls going on a cruise and meeting men. My first contemporary was born.

Visit this link to view the entire post:

What to Do When Your Story Changes by C.D. Hersh

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Rainbow

fall 3Enjoy all the colors of the rainbow.

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Author GMC

Goal, Motivation & Conflict

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~ By Samanthya Wyatt

I must admit, when I started writing I had no idea what GMC meant. So I took a workshop and learned that if you want to write a story and you want to be published, your story must have GMC or you’re sunk.

GMC brings your characters to life, makes them real, and moves the story forward. The more you know your characters, the more memorable they become. My goal has always been to bring the reader into the story and get them involved with the characters. GMC is the key. Each major character has their own goal, their own motivation, and usually resolving a conflict is what brings the hero and heroine to a satisfying conclusion.

What are these three things?

  • Goal is your character’s call to adventure. What the character wants. What most characters will do anything to get. Did you know there are internal and external goals?
  • Motivation will drive the hero or heroine to achieve their goal. Why are they so desperate? Why do they want what they cannot have? The more you know about your character’s motivation, the deeper you can relate that into your story.
  • Conflict will make the goal seem impossible. What keeps the characters from obtaining their goal.

Since this is not a workshop, I am giving a summary regarding GMC, instead of going into deeper detail. I cannot express enough how the GMC workshop helped me as a writer. Helped me to understand what could make a good story great.

Challenges and obstacles keep our characters from reaching their goals, and hindrances make for a suspenseful story. Could make a heartbreaking story. Our characters will work harder, survive those hurdles, maybe even deal with heartache and pain. When a reader knows what drives our hero and heroine, they get deeper into the story, become involved, and cheer the characters on. Even get mad when obstacles are thrown at them. The reader wants so bad for our characters to achieve their goal.

How to achieve this? Get to know your characters. You can do a character sheet, but one idea is using a GMC worksheet.

I use excel. But if you’re not familiar with excel, you can still do a breakdown. Do one section for the hero and one for the heroine. If you want, you can do other important characters, maybe a villain if there is one (the other woman who is always causing trouble).

Hero / Heroine – break down in three parts: Goal-Motivation-Conflict. He will have an external goal and an internal goal. Here is where it gets tricky and why I suggest you take a GMC class. As a fresh writer, it took me a while to figure out the difference. Once it finally clicked, I developed a new understanding of creating my books. So much easier when you have the knowledge of how things work.

Filling out a GMC worksheet helps to solidify the characters and sometimes forms a plot. If you already have a plot, it can change the course of your story. More obstacles, scrapes, skirmishes, all sorts of brainstorming ideas.

A final note, GMC will add depth to your characters. Take it from me, if you understand your characters, it will be much easier to write their movements and make their actions more believable. The more you know their goals and why they need this goal, why they act the way they do, you will be able to show more depth in your writing.

Keep the Spirit!

Samanthya Wyatt

Author of sizzling romance, Samanthya Wyatt currently has books published in contemporary and historical romance. She married a military man, traveled and made her home across the US and abroad, and now lives in the Shenandoah Valley. She loves the beach, her favorite color is blue, has a weakness for vanilla ice cream, and a book is a constant companion.

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A Teaser from Book 3 in The One and Only Series

theonlyone BOOK TEASER

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